The Ghosts of St. Paul’s upcoming events

Some of you might remember ‘Engels Night‘ held on 18th December last year, where tour guide Jonathan Schofield led a group of intrepid historians through Manchester, highlighting connections with the seedy and politically radical in the area of Manchester that they know so well. Check out some of the photos.

This event was part of our ongoing local history project, ‘Ghosts of St Paul’s’, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the ‘All Our Stories‘ initiative. The project aims to encourage interest and participation in local history and heritage and consists of a range of events during which we get to find out the untold history of the Northern Quarter.


We have some more exciting events exploring Manchester’s industrial heritage. Below is a list of upcoming events.

  • 23rd of March we’ll be hosting a day trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI), where participants will explore the Industrial Revolution, investigating the world of steam power and mills.
  • 27th of March is the Oral History Afternoon Tea. Here we hope local residents will take advantage of the opportunity to share their or their family memories of the local area and get their histories recorded by a professional sound archivist to capture these precious but all too often ignored stories of ordinary working people.
  • 2nd of April will be the Manchester Industrial Heritage Reading group, which kicks off with ‘Mary Barton; A Tale of Manchester Life’, a book highlighting the harsh physical and moral environment faced by the working class community. The group is free to join and will mostly consist of informal discussions. You can find the book at the City library and all good second hand bookstores, or simply download the ebook version here.
Just to make sure that everyone can join in the fun, for the film makers out there, we will also be putting on a past and present short film challenge where, using footage from the North West Film Archive, you will be asked to make a short film linking Manchester’s industrial past with its post-industrial present. Each of the short films made will be shown at the MadLab penny theatre production ‘Workers of Manchester‘ on the 5th of April.
The whole project will come to an end with a re-imagining of a Victorian Penny blood Theatre performance called ‘The Ghosts of St Paul’s’.
So come along and spread the word!
Heritage Lottery Fund ‘The Ghosts of St Pauls’ is a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
All Our Stories is a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – and is designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups are carrying out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

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